Building Collaborative Community Projects

At Northridge Hospital Medical Center, we’re leveraging local resources and developing effective strategies that assist children, adults and families. Always with a goal of improving population health.


Center for Healthier Communities

In 1997, Northridge Hospital Medical Center established the Center for Healthier Communities (CHC) as a department of the hospital. Through high quality prevention education, innovative solutions, and treatment services, CHC strives to promote healthy behaviors and improve unmet health needs for residents of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

School Wellness Initiative

This initiative was launched in 2006 to help reduce the rate of obesity and related chronic diseases among public school students, their parents and teachers in the high need communities of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County. Launched initially in five Los Angeles Unified School District schools, collaborative efforts are now in 34 public schools. 

For more information please review the School Reference Guide or contact the Center for Healthier Communities at (818) 718-5922.

Thank you to our community collaborators: LAUSD District ESC North, LAUSD Coordinated School Health and Physical Education, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, California State University-Northridge, Child Development Institute, New Economics for Women, Child Care Resource Center, Health Net, Marathon Kids, Mid-Valley YMCA, Network for a Healthy California, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Partners in Care, Super King Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, Valley Care Community Consortium, Vision y Compromiso, Volunteers of America, and local elected officials. 

Center for Assault Treatment Services

The Center for Assault Treatment Services  (C⋅A⋅T⋅S), located in Van Nuys, is a program of Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital, which has treated children and adults affected by violence since 1997.  C⋅A⋅T⋅S provides forensic medical evidentiary examinations, and interviews for victims of sexual and domestic violence 24/7. All services are free of charge to the victims.  C⋅A⋅T⋅S is a team member of the local designated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Domestic Assault Response Team (DART).  Our trained staff provides outreach education on identifying and reporting suspected cases of abuse.

C⋅A⋅T⋅S mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive care to child and adult victims of sexual abuse/assault and domestic violence in a supportive and conforming environment through a coordinated collaborative effort.  This is accomplished by co-location at the Family Justice Center.

Prevention Forward Healthy Lifestyles Program

Healthy Lifestyles is a free year-long grant-funded program of Dignity Health - Northridge Hospital’s Center for Healthier Communities to put prevention first and help you learn how to better take care of yourself. We invite you to participate if you have any of the following conditions: pre-diabetes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or stroke.

You will learn how to manage your condition, improve outcomes, and prevent setbacks in your recovery. Joining Healthy Lifestyles will be one of the best things you can do for yourself this year.

To view our flyer, click here; to view the calendar of classes in English & Spanish, click here for October and here for November.

For more information on upcoming classes, please call Evelyn Rogel at (818) 718-5977 or [email protected]

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program

The 6-week Diabetes Empowerment Education Program encourages lifestyle changes while learning about your diabetes and the way it affects your health, and earning you the benefits of a healthier, more energetic lifestyle.

View the resource guide in English; in Spanish.

For more information on upcoming classes, please call Evelyn Rogel at (818) 718-5977 or [email protected]

Activate Your Heart

Activate Your Heart is a program whose goal is to increase cardiovascular health awareness.  This exciting and engaging FREE 8-week workshop can help participants reduce the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Classes use the American Heart Association "Empowered to Serve" curriculum, cooking demonstrations, stress management techniques, grocery store tour, group exercise and health screenings.

For more information on upcoming classes, please call Evelyn Rogel at (818) 718-5977 or [email protected]

Grocery Store Tours

Following each of the above classes, a free 60-minute Grocery Store tour will be conducted to teach you how to navigate the market and identify healthier food options.

For more information on upcoming classes, please call Evelyn Rogel at (818) 718-5977 or [email protected]

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, schools, and hospitals. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) decision making, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments. Each workshop participant who completes the program will receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and an audio relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body.

For more information on future classes, please contact Priscilla Lomeli or (818) 718-5922 or [email protected].

Tomando Control de su Salud

Tomando Control de su Salud es un taller de dos horas y media, una vez a la semana, durante seis semanas, en entornos comunitarios, como centros para personas mayores, iglesias, bibliotecas, escuelas y hospitales. Los temas cubiertos incluyen: 1) Alimentación saludable 2) Ejercicio apropiado para mantener y mejorar la fuerza, la flexibilidad y la resistencia, 3) Manejando la depresión, 4) Uso apropiado de medicamentos, 5) Comunicación eficaz con familiares, amigos y profesionales de la salud, 6) Técnicas de relajación, 7) Uso apropiado del sistema de atención médica, 8) Cómo evaluar nuevos tratamientos y 9) Mejor respiración. Cada participante del taller que complete el programa recibirá una copia del libro complementario, Tomando Control de su Salud, 4ta Edición, un CD de relajación de audio, y un CD de ejercicio de audio con folleto, ¡Hagamos ejercicio!

Tomando Control de su Salud (Spanish Only).

Para más información sobre las próximas clases, por favor comuníquese a: Priscilla Lomeli at (818) 718-5922 o [email protected]